BeGenna Chewata..

December 24, 2008 at 1:32 pm 11 comments

I was hyper-ventilating (as I always do) over how, with all our sophistication and e-Siltane, one can’t find a decent Ethiopian Christmas card online when an ex-drawing teacher friend heard me and promised to see what she can do. 30 minutes and a cup of coffee later, bwuala!, the KoBele you see herebelow (complete with his “tirur” and fellow Genna players) has been brought to life. Yeah.. using the same Paint Brush I’ve only thus far succeeded in drawing circles with. Well.. Melkam “Yeferejoch Genna” y’all 😉 .


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  • 1. sistu  |  December 24, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Melkam yeferenj genna to you too and…

    Abesheet, so sorry I am late by about a week but HAPPY ONE YEAR LIDET to e-Shoe Box!! Hope you let it celebrate its birth day bedemeke huneta. As yelidet sitota, I am maberket-ing MD’s hands so that she can create [it] a kentegna birthday card. Mihretiye yikir beyign, but nothing like offering up someone else’s hands as geTse-bereket.

  • 2. Mazzi  |  December 24, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you Abesheet for the “Melkam Genna” wishes, and I wish you too a Melkam Yeferenjoch Genna. Hope it is a good one.

    When is the one year anniversary of your e-shoe box? I guess I am not sure how long you have been running this blog exactly. But I just read Sistu’s comments, and if you have an anniversary coming, you should celebrate in a big way and invite ye-Tej bettishin denbegnoch to come and mamwamwaq bettun. Happy Anniversay, and what a journey it must have been for you! Congratulations!!

    Cool e-card above. For the life of me, I can never use any of the computer ‘Paint Brush’ kind of softwares and create anything other than some jibberish that resembles yezaren zemen buchirchir “Moderen Art.” So thanks to your friend as well who created it.

    Melkam Genna.

  • 3. Inem  |  December 25, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Melkam yeferenjoch genna wegenochE! Incidentally what is a KoBele abesheet?

  • 4. sistu  |  December 25, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Mazzi, it was yeAbesheet’s archival dates that made me think Dec 2007 is yeE-shoe lidet. My discovery of it actually dates to around March probably. By the way, did you also used to read her over at her first (i think) blog? Bet keyira sitmeta, she got lost on me and I had to do a little digging before I found E-shoe and it was a few months old by then. All grown up now.

    Would like to wish you an especially Melkam genna, May the year be good for you!!

  • 5. Girum  |  December 25, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    ‘My eshoe box’ lemtigegnut zemedoche bemulu ye- Enkuan aderesachu mignote Yidresachhu!!! Bealu Ye Selam, Ye Fikir and Ye Coin yihunilin!!!….Amen!!

  • 6. Mazzi  |  December 25, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Selam Sistu….

    I had read on one of Abesheet’s posts that she used to run another blog site, but I was not sure which one. I have only been reading the e-shoe box for the last few months after I discovered a link to her blog on another site. So I was not exactly sure if the anniversary might be for this blog only or for the onset of her original blog.

    But based on her archives for this blog, it looks like her one year’s anniversary should be sometime this months. If so, that is really cool, and we wish her a warm congratulation and many more years of blogging unless she gets tires of it 🙂 (Endet honno?!).

    Thank you so much for the melkam genna wishes, and I send the same wishes back to your direction :-).

    (Abesheet you can set the record straight for us about the exact date of your anniversary for your blog. At least for the e-shoe box, it looks like it has been a year, and congratulations for that!)

    Amen! I say Sistu to your “May the year be good for you” wish. That is because so far the Ethiopian 2001 year has not been an easy one for me :-(. Not by a long shot! So maybe yeferenjochu addis amet will be a better one….a girl can hope!!

    Hope Genna is going well on your side. I am listening to Amharic songs right now on a new MP3 player Genna gift a friend gave me making myself terribly home sick and nostalgic :-(. Kind of like having a soar tooth in the mouth. You know you should not press the soar tooth with your tongue to avoid pain. But somehow the tongue keeps pressing it anyways, and in a strange way the pain generated also provides some release. Listening to music from home only intensifies my homesickness, but somehow I do it anyway and find some strange release from the pain of nostalgia I feel. Weird!

  • 7. Mazzi  |  December 25, 2008 at 3:01 pm


    Meant to say above… unless she gets TIRED Of it (Endet honno?!) NOT unless she gets TIRES of it … 🙂

  • 8. abesheet  |  December 26, 2008 at 5:38 am

    Oh my God 🙂 . I don’t believe it. A year! How come it feels i’ve been around forever? Anywho.. thank you all for the best wishes. I’m running out of ideas these days (busy, busy, busy @ work) so maybe I’d blog about my 1 year blogging experience and we can all make the noises one makes on a one year old birthday.

    Did any one of you celebrate the European Christmas this year? Or did you around taking advantage of the “Qinash” to shop for the family back home for our Christmas? We had the day off so run around town doing the things i couldn’t do over the weekends.

    I think “Kobele” means young man, Inem. That’s how i heard it used and i have assued that’s what it means. Good point though. I had to take a course entitled “Amharic Syntax” to learn that most of the names we know in amharic are adopted from either Oromiffa or Arabic. Makes me wonder what that means :S

  • 9. Inem  |  December 26, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    I passed the ferenjoch Ghenna under the african sky with afrikawi ferenjoch. abo Inam teqensenal bakish no qinash masaded this year idmE le China eyalu kayer nibret yeteTala shoe meChamat and increase the abuare circulation is the remedy for the gunfan recession.
    Abesheet, Kobele is then lesson number one, the upside of visiting your blog. Do you spend some quality time with people versing “welelotat” inde Solomon Deressa? I loved the description of daget and qulqulet in his Zebet Ilfitu.

  • 10. ankami  |  December 31, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Melkam Gena. Feliz 2009!!

  • 11. millo  |  January 9, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Melkam Gena to you. and your beloved…

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